All Breast Lift procedures involve the placement of incisions on the breasts through which the nipple and/or breast tissue are repositioned. In general, the incisions can be made using one of four different techniques, which will leave permanent scars in the following locations:
In most patients, the scars will fade noticeably over time. The technique that is chosen for your surgery, and therefore the location of your scars, will depend on:
At the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, Dr. Jugenburg is an expert at creating minimal Breast Lift scars that are barely visible. While a traditional Breast Lift procedure typically involves the placement of an invertedT-shaped scar (the Standard of Full-Anchor Breast Lift), Dr. Jugenburg’ssurgical expertise allow him to achieve optimal results bylimiting the incisionsto the areola, and if a significant lift is required, the addition of a small vertical incision only. The large incision usually placed within, or directly above, the breast fold (infra-mammary fold) is thereby completely avoided.
Some women seek out scarless breast lift because they wish to avoid scars which are the hallmark of a breast lift. Unfortunately, a true breast lift cannot be done with scars. However, in some instances, a woman looking for a breast lift only needs more volume in the upper part of her breast and in such situation a breast augmentation helps to reshape the breast and creates the illusion of a lift. This is a procedure that is appropriate only for a very limited number of patients as this is not a true lift.
The Peri-Areolar technique is suitable for women who have minor sagging of the beasts (breast ptosis) and require less than 2 cm of elevation. In women with moderate to severe sagging of the breasts that require more than 2 cm of elevation, an additional vertical incision between the breast fold and areola will be required.
Following surgery, Breast Lift scars are red and normally slightly raised, but over 3 – 6 months after surgery they usually fade and flatten out, becoming thin, barely visible lines. For incisions along the areolar border, the scars are usually partially disguised by the skin color contrast (between the dark areola and lighter breast skin) and the uneven surface of the areola.
Dr. Jugenburg uses advanced wound closure techniques and dissolvable deep sutures to support the repositioned skin and tissue on the breasts and minimize the risk of visible scar stretching. In some patients, permanent Gore-Tex sutures may also be used to provide long-term support. All patients are required to wear a surgical support bra at all times for 6 weeks after surgery, which will lessen tension on the incision lines and prevent scar stretching. Patients are also instructed to sleep on their backs during this time to avoid pressure on the breasts.
All scars are visible initially following surgery. Thereafter, some patients heal with virtually invisible scars, while others are more prone to prominent scarring. Past scarring from previous injuries and/or surgeries may be indicative of how prone an individual may be to visible scarring. This could influence Dr. Jugenburg's decision on how best to perform a Breast Lift procedure (or cosmetic breast surgery in general) in order to achieve an optimal balance between breast elevation and scarring.